An open-top model that epitomises beauty and finesse, the Mercedes-Benz SL Cabriolet/Roadster is a sportscar to cherish. Its breathtaking looks, moreover, are accompanied by astonishing pace and driving dynamics, in addition to sumptuous interior comfort.
As well as making the SL one of the finest-looking vehicles on the road, the aluminium bodywork helps performance and manoeuvrability with its light weight and low drag coefficient. The diamond radiator and single chrome bar of the grille complement the gaping air intakes and muscular strokes of the bonnet and side panels. A compact rear end contrasts with the large front grille, complete with iconic three-star insignia flanked by a single chrome bar.
The electronically-operated roof mechanism deploys in less than 20 seconds. When travelling with the roof down in colder weather, the “Airscarf” mechanism in the headrests circulates heated air around the head and neck of the driver and passenger to keep you both warm and comfortable.
The cabin’s lavish interior is impressive even by Mercedes standards, with four-way memory seats of high-quality leather and ample headroom legroom, shoulder room and elbow room even for large adults. Rear loadspace of 504 litres, meanwhile, is more than adequate to carry luggage for one or two people, and is accompanied by large storage spaces at the base of the transmission tunnel and behind the passenger seat.
Even the “entry-level” SL400 edition of the SL Roadster, featuring the least powerful on offer, boasts a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine with 367hp and 500Nm of torque between 2,000 and 4,200rpm – enough to thrust the car from 0-62mph in 4.9 second seconds. Upgrade to the SL500 and you’ll gain an impressive 4.7 litre V8 petrol engine with 455hp and 700Nm that reduces 0-62mph acceleration to 4.3 seconds.
For an even more vigorous turn of pace, the AMG SL 65 sport model can reach 62mph in exactly four seconds. Although fine-tuned for comfort, the SL delivers on all levels, with handling to rival any other sportscar. At the same time, an adaptive suspension ensures maximum ride quality in all situations. All models are fitted with the manufacturer’s nine-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which assures an unrelenting surge of power when you press the accelerator pedal.
In addition to front and side two-stage airbags and quick-deploying anti-roll bars, the active safety features on the SL Roadster include Speed Limit Assist and Parktronic with Active Park Assist. Optional extras include Active Lane Assist to maintain safety in motorway situations and Attention Assist to detect signs of driver fatigue.
All models provide access to the manufacturer’s COMAND Online system through a high-resolution 7” colour display. Through this infotainment centre, you can do anything from view detailed 3D maps to browsing through a hard drive of music collection with up to 10GB capacity. AMG models feature an exclusive Bang & Olufsen BeoSound surround sound system, which provides crystal-clear sound quality even when you travel at high speeds with the roof down.
The brand new Mercedes SL Cabriolet/Roadster is available to test drive today at Drayton Mercedes-Benz. For more information, simply visit your nearest dealership to speak with one of our trained professionals. With seven dealerships based in and around Birmingham, we are ideally placed to guide you to the perfect model suited to your requirements. Give us a call or visit us directly to arrange your next test drive in the vehicle of your choice.